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The enemy starts by giving us fear of our tomorrows. God wants us to trust Him with our tomorrows. He wants us to depend on Him and know that He has our back. 

Matthew 6:31-34

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The enemy will cause us to have despair about tomorrow and what might happen. With all the crazy things going on in this world, he uses what we see and hear and tells us all these things will come upon us. For this reason many have lost hope, have anxiety and are in deep depression.  Anxiety is of the future and of the unknown. 

Matthew Henry:

That thoughtfulness for the morrow is one of those foolish and hurtful lusts, which those that will be rich fall into, and one of the many sorrows, wherewith they pierce themselves through. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. This present day has trouble enough attending it, we need not accumulate burdens by anticipating our trouble, nor borrow perplexities from to-morrow’s evils to add to those of this day. It is uncertain what to-morrow’s evils may be, but whatever they be, it is time enough to take thought about them when they come. 

The enemy wants us to focus on the What if….

What if the economy goes under? 

What if I don’t have a job?

What is going to happen to my children?

What if I can’t pay my mortgage?

What if I get sick?

God wants us to not be worried about tomorrow. He doesn’t want us to borrow what may or may not happen tomorrow and bring it in today. 

Matthew Henry:

That thoughtfulness for the morrow is needless; Let the morrow take thought for the things of itself. If wants and troubles be renewed with the day, there are aids and provisions renewed likewise; compassions, that are new every morning, Lam. 3:22, 23. The saints have a Friend that is their arm every morning, and gives out fresh supplies daily (Isa. 33:2), according as the business of every day requires (Ezra 3:4), and so he keeps his people in constant dependence upon him. Let us refer it therefore to the morrow’s strength, to do the morrow’s work, and bear the morrow’s burthen.

This does not mean that we don’t make plans and prepare for our future. We need to live today. Mind the things of today. Trust God for this very moment. Do the work of today and let tomorrow come and become today. 

We have an easier time giving God our past and not our future. We take our past to the Cross and are so glad that He has forgiving our past sin. But we are not quick to give Him our future. We make plans and ask Him to bless them. The enemy causes fear, uncertainty, and makes us focus on the what ifs of life. 

Instead of saying what if, Say God is…. 

God is my provider, my deliverer 

God is my Help – Psalms 54:4

God is my Rock, My Refuge, My salvation, – Psalms 62:7-8

Your Father knows what you have need of:

Matthew 6:8

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Luke 12:27

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Luke 12:6-7

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

God will supply your needs. God is faithful. In time of suffering and pain He will never leave you or forsake you. Psalms 27:9, Hebrews 13:5

We don’t want to be ignorant of the future. He wants us to trust Him and know He will bring us through what ever tomorrow may bring. He will do what is best for us, even if we do not understand. God will give us grace through it all. He will take you through what ever tomorrow may bring. If we focus on tomorrow we will miss all the miracles and joys of today. He has good thoughts of you. He has good plans for you. He has grace sufficient for you. 

Psalm 34:8

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

His love is more powerful than the enemies lies. Trust him today!!! Know Him today!!! Today is the day of salvation. Today we are to seek Him. Today is the life we live. 

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So many times we have a bad day, we don’t know how we are going to get through it.

Our mind starts running away from us. Hopelessness comes in and stops us in our tracks.

Pressure comes and steals our focus. We can’t see past the moment we are in. We try many things, we look to many people, & we fail so many times.

What do we do? How do we handle those hard times? They are real and they hurt. A loss of a loved one, a sickness, a loss of a job, and so much more can stop us in our tracks. What do we do when we are in those situations? How do we handle ourselves? Why does it matter?
There have been many who have been through so many hard times. Hebrews says that we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses. These are those who have gone on before us. Those who have endured to the end. One we need to look to at all times, Jesus!!!!

Hebrews 12:1-2
King James Version (KJV)
…Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
…Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Looking at how Jesus handles the situations that came His way will help us through our hard times. How did He handle all the hurt and pain that others have caused Him? If we react like He did we will overcome our bad days. We do not have to give into the people and things pressing us.

There are so many things we could look at in the bible as examples. These are just a few ways to help us through our bad days.

1) Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
Luke 23:34
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
Forgive all those who are making your life so hard. Forgive all those who have hurt you in the past.
2) Encourage others who are struggling and have no Hope. (We are not of those who have no hope. We encourage others as God has encouraged us)
2 Corinthians 1:4
New King James Version (NKJV)
…who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

3) Remember your family. Others are watching you and how you are going to react to life. As they say, you are the only Bible some people read. Not that you have to be perfect, but you know the One who is Perfect. They want to know that God is real and He is willing to help.

4) Look to God with all your hard questions, not man. He knows all, sees all, and will have the only right answer for you in your situation.

5) Let your need be known. Pray, call the elders, & ask for help. We all need each other.

6) Speak God’s word. Declare who He is and what He has said. His word is true & powerful. This is your statement of Faith. Knowing that He has all things under control. There is a purpose and an end to what you are going through. He will work in any situation you are going through.

Romans 8:28
New King James Version (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11
Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

7) Surrender to God and Let go. This day will end. Joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5
Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 …Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

It might take many days until your pain and situation will change, but He will give you strength to go through it.

Lord turn us from the worldly way of thinking and reacting to our situation. Let us look to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith. Give us strength and insight to our daily living. Heal us of the hurt and pain of the past. Be with us in our present and guide us through our future. Remind us that we are not of those who have no hope. Remind us that this is not our home and that we are only here for a short time, but those who endure to the end will be with you one day. And that day will last forever. Remind us that these days on earth will pass away, but your word will last forever. Remind us that where our treasure is, there will our heart be. We set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth. In Jesus Name….

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Only Believe…

Now a days our minds are so full of so many things that we are not sure what to believe. Listening to the news, watching TV, hearing what others are saying, and so much more. All these things can steal our focus off who we should know and believe in. 

We even look to ourselves for the answers. We trust ourselves more and more each day. 

One of the things that come in trusting and believing what we hear is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear that the circumstances in our lives will not go away or that they will not turn out the way we want them to. 

Fear can freeze you in your circumstances. You can’t move forward when fear comes in. Fear blinds you from what God is doing in you and for you. 

Mark 5:36

… Be not afraid, only believe.

 Mark 5:36

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.

 Luke 8:50

… Fear not: believe only

 ANDREW MURRAY – “Jesus, I believe in Thy glory; I believe in Thine omnipotence; I believe in Thy power working within me. I believe in Thy living, loving presence with me, revealing itself in Divine power.”

Do not be occupied with feelings or experiences. You will find it far simpler and easier just to trust and say, “I am sure He is all for me.” Get rid of yourself for the time”

“don’t think or speak about yourself; but

Think what Jesus is.

And then remember it is believe always”

 I like when he said “Do not be occupied with feelings or experiences.”

This is so true, the more we occupy our thoughts, our days, and our lives with what we feel or the things we experience, the more fear will come in and the more unbelief will come in and cause us to either go backwards in our walk or freeze us right where we are. 

The only way to keep moving forward in life is to be not afraid only believe in the one true God. 

 Mark 5:36 (PHILLIPS) “Now don’t be afraid, just go on believing!”

Look to Him. Know Him. 

 Psalm 37:3

Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

(adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth)

 MHC- 

Be not afraid that my coming will be to no purpose, only believe that I will make it turn to a good account.” Therefore fear not, faint not. Faith is the only remedy against disquieting grief and fear at such a time: let that silence them, Only believe. Keep up a confidence in Christ, and a dependence upon him, and he will do what is for the best. Believe the resurrection, and then be not afraid.

Lester Sumrall – Turning on the light reveals the reality that there is nothing to fear. This is a basic principle: much of what we fear will never bother us again if we see it for what it is. God is light, and by turning to God’s Word we can see that nothing should terrorize or paralyze us. By continuing to absorb biblical truth through daily reading and study, we will walk in the light as He is in the light; and in that blessed environment fear cannot get to us.

Romans 8:28

Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose…

 So be not afraid, Only Believe…….

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Your Past does not determine your future.

 We all have some kind of past that we are not too happy about. There are things that come to mind and remind us who we were. We do not have to act on those memories. Don’t let what has happened to you define who you are. 

 The promises of God are greater than my character flaws. All those things that are in me that are opposite of God’s character do not have to stay and do not have to determine what I am today. 

 The promises of God is greater than the confinements of your past. What ever you have been or where you have come from is not a determinate of your future.

 Don’t let anything or anyone else but God determine the boundaries of your life…Don’t let anything or anyone else but God determine the boundaries of who you will be or what you will accomplish in life…. (Claude Houde)

 Acts 17:26-28

New King James Version (NKJV)

26 And He has made from one blood[a] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

 You have been chosen by God…

 1 Peter 2:9-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

God is in control of your life. He is working in you and through you. Don’t trust in yourself or in man. 

MHC – That in him we live, and move, and have our being, Acts 17:28. We have a necessary and constant dependence upon his providence, as the streams have upon the spring, and the beams upon the sun. 

He has a plan for you. We need to depend on he providence. 

providence |ˈprävədəns; -ˌdens|

the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power 

• ( Providence) God or nature as providing such care 

  • timely preparation for future eventualities

Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) 

11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

MHC – He that in the beginning finished the heavens and the earth, and all the hosts of both, will finish all the blessings of both to his people. When he begins in ways of mercy he will make an end. God does nothing by halves. (2.) He will give them to see the expectation, that end which they desire and hope for, and have been long waiting for. He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, nor the expectations of their fancies, but the expectations of their faith, the end which he has promised and which will turn for the best to them. 

Romans 8:28 (AMP) 

28 We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Be lifted up today…Have Faith, Hope, & Peace in knowing that God is working in you and will continue to work in you until Christ be formed in you. Do not let your past form you, let what Jesus did and is doing form you. 

Philippians 1:6 (AMP) 

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

He will continue developing and perfecting you…He is not done with me yet….Praise God!!! He is not done with you yet. Look to Him for today and for your future. Let Him change you. Let Him change your memories. Don’t let go of these promises. Hold on to them. 

2 Corinthians 10:4-6

New King James Version (NKJV)

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Cast down every thought, every memory, everything that tries to come up against what God has done for you and is doing in you. 

Say right now:

“No matter what scares are on me, God’s promises are greater….”

 What Satan means for evil, God will turn around for good….

You are His child. You are in His Hands. Let Him comfort you and change you today!!!!!

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1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Fear divides your mind. Fear stifles your ability to think & acts as you should. It affects your decisions.  Fear enslaves you.

Heb 13:6 be content…I will never leave you forsake you….

 

…so I may BOLDLY say…

 

The Lord is my helper; 

 

I will not fear…

 

What can man do to me?

 

Helper – a cry for help…the word describes The Lord as poised and ready to rush to the relief of His oppressed child when they shout fir His assistance. 

 

Must change my focus from fear to the word of God. 

 

 

Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

This all comes down to a faith battle…

Just because you cannot change something does not mean you have to continue to fear it. He said He would continue to uphold you. He may not remove what fears you. He is your anchor. He will not be moved. 

Do not believe your feelings, but the testimony of the word of God…

He will protect you and bring you through…

 

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